Having celebrated its 40th anniversary the annual Roma Jazz Festival has presented a series of over 900 concerts in total, which currently take place at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica stadium. With musical styles ranging from traditional jazz to the more experimental, the festival has featured some of the biggest names in the genre. Notable musicians to have performed include Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, legendary blues artist BB King and modern singers such as Norah Jones. It has also been a festival of unique collaborations, such as Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood having performed with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
The venue is serviced well by public busses and the metro, with the nearest airports being Ciampino and Fiumicino (aka Leonardo da Vinci International Airport). Both airports are less than 45 minutes into the city. Ticket prices for the festival vary depending on the concert, but expect to pay on average between €10 and €30 per show. Performances are in the evening, which would normally commence around 8.30pm/9.00pm although check with the venue nearer the time.
Tickets should be purchased online in advance for the bigger names to avoid disappointment. Check the official website for up to date listings, which also has a good source of sound and video clips on each artist to help give you an idea of what to expect. Use other sources of online streaming to help discover more about a new artist, or just book a ticket for something you think looks interesting. If you’re taking any children, then keep an eye out for “play jazz” dates where the youngsters can learn more about music and potentially get to join in.
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The historic ruins of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Palatine Hill are all within the Ancient City of Rome. Take a walking tour to the impressive Trevi Fountain and the temple of Pantheon and the many Piazzas. Vatican City, which includes the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica is also a must.
Find out more about the Rome Jazz Festival at the official website, for information including: who’s playing and a list of events, music, videos, dates and ticket information.
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